Paris Update Events 16.06.2021

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Note to readers: Paris currently has an 11 pm curfew. Shops, restaurants, cafés and bars are open, as are art galleries, museums, cinemas and theaters. Book in advance, since numbers are restricted. See below for both online and live events.


July & August

Free outdoor films and concerts

This year’s Festival Paradiso will take place in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, at La Seine Musicale and at the Hôtel Paradiso.

Various venues, Paris

June 22-October 3

Street art

Portuguese street artist Vhils presents Trace, a new retrospective exhibition including art from throughout his career. Above: Scratching the Surface, an engraving project by Vhils in Paris’s 10th arrondissement. Photo: José Pando Lucas.

Fluctuart, Paris

Through June 30

From Bangui to Paris

In partnership with the Espace Linga Téré in Bangui, Central African Republic, the Theatre de la Ville will celebrate the African diaspora for QG Paris Champs-Elysées’s Saison Africa 2020. Two outdoor stages will showcae cabaret, theater and concerts.

Theatre de la Ville, Paris

June 19 & 20

Bilingual immersive theater

Cinemorphe presents Battre le Pavé, a performance piece about the history of the famous Rue Bichat in the 10th arrondissement.

Rue Bichat, Paris

June 23

Olympic and Paralympic day

June 23 each year marks Olympic and Paralympic Day: browse a range of events and activities taking place this year, on the day which also marks the beginning of Tokyo 2020.

Various locations and Online

Through November 7

New views of Paris

The Saint-Jacques Tower in Paris’s 4th arrondissement has recently reopened. Climb the towerto see panoramic views of the city.

Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris

June 19 & 20

Festival of augmented reality

For Paris’s first such festival, Palais Augmenté, artists have been invited to explore the limits of reality in the just-opened temporary Grand Palais.

Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris

Through June 20

Hiroshi Shimizu retrospective

The largest-ever retrospective outside Japan on the celebrated Japanese filmmaker.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through July 17

Olympic Preparation

Le Carreau du Temple presents Festival Jogging 2021, which will host sports festivals each July to prepare Parisians for the 2024 Olympics. This year’s edition includes sessions on inclusive sports, demonstrations of unique sports from around the world and a roller-dance party for Bastille Day.

Le Carreau du Temple, Paris

Through August 20

Focus on Simone Veil

The life and work of French politician Simone Veil is explored in a new exhibition, Nous Vous Aimons, Madame.

Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Through October 13

Natural history

Artists’ covers for an imagined Paris magazine modeled on The New Yorker chart the history of Paris’s Jardin des Plantes museum for the exhibition The Parisianer, Chroniques du Muséum.

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Through July 10

Napoleon’s Paris

Métamorphoses d’une Ville is an exhibition on the fence around the Madeleine Church on the transformations the city underwent under Napoleon’s reign, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death.

Madeleine, Paris

Through July 26

Iranian film

Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is celebrated in a retrospective of his work.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Through June 18

Abstract art

Painter Charles Giai-Gischia presents a group of recent works in the exhibition Pentimento: l’Espace Raccommodé.

Au Quize, 15 avenue Parmentier, Paris

June 20

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents a double bill of swimming films: Le Grand Bain (Sink or Swim), directed by Gilles Lellouche, and Swimming with Men (Regarde les Hommes Nager), directed by Oliver Parker.



A poet’s life

The Musée Paul Valéry presents a series of 15 videos, posting daily, celebrating the life of the poet, author and writer Paul Valéry.


Through June 27

Online exhibition

Les Beaux-Arts de Paris presents Le Dessin Romantiquea selection of drawings from the collection of Jean Bonna. Free to view online.



Stroll through Baudelaire’s Paris

Follow this guided walk through the Paris locations that shaped the life of famed poet and Parisian Charles Baudelaire on the occasion of his 200th birthday.

Various locations, Paris


Napoleon takes center stage

Exhibitions, reenactments, academic conferences, art – there’s something for everyone in the Chateau de Fontainebleau’s rich program of events commemorating the death of Napoleon on the island of Saint Helena 200 years ago.

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

Through September 2021

Lockdown life

Artist Jeanne Susplugas presents work reflecting on how our relationships with our homes have changed in the past year for Where My House Lives. The viewer is invited to peer through 12 windows, each showing an illustrated and narrated piece about a different person’s life and space.



Save the Musée de l’Éventail

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help save the Musée de l’Éventail, Paris’s museum of fans and fan-making.



Live performance

The Théatre de la Ville presents a series of dance, theater and music shows, broadcast live on YouTube.



Art of Migration

Streaming of works by migrant artists in France from the postponed Festival Visions d’Exil.



Women migrants’ history in pictures

The National Museum of Immigration presents online images of women migrants from the exhibition “Les Femmes en Mouvements.”



Free classes on French topics

Pandemonium U presents free Zoom classes in English on such topics as the role of small French villages in helping refugees and the death of Resistance hero Jean Moulin.


Through June 2021

Discovering art history

Learn how to appreciate and analyze art in its historical context in a range of masterclasses offered by Les Paris de l’Art 2020/21.

Various locations, Paris & Online

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